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Mar 7, 2012 12:00pm EST
taping a clear winner has yet to be declared in ohio. mitt romney and rick is an form continue to balance it out. rick santorum prevailed in tennessee with a comfortablably. mitt romney won his home state of georgia with homes this will revise his campaign. republican candidate to one 1,144 delegates will falls president obama in november. joining me from washington, al hunt in charge of bloomberg's coverage, jane coming editor of bloomberg news. mike murphy a contributor to "time" magazine and republican at any rate gist and matt dowd is a contributor for abc news and bloomberg news. i'm pleased to have both of you at this table. how good is that, al. we go first to al hunt. don't you michigan you were at the table. >> -- don't you wish you were at the table. >> i do, i do. >> rose: not knowing what's going to happen in ohio, tell me what you see this evening that tells us where this race might be headed. >> mitt romney probably moved closer to the nomination tonight racking up more delegates. yet when you look at it charlie, it was a very troubling night for gone romney unde gov
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Mar 2, 2012 8:00pm EST
idea about how good a week this was for mitt romney. last week at this table we were talking about whether he might even survive the week, like his home state of michigan, whether he would lose that. republican leaders were debating whether their nominating convention was ghog going to be utter chaos. now republicans are debating whether romney's challengers should step aside to allow him to unify the party. don't think this thing is over yet. we'll get to why in a moment. first we start with mitt romney's very good week with victories in michigan and arizona under his belt. he tried again to turn his attention back to president obama. >> this campaign is a choice for america as to what kind of a country we want. barack obama is turning us into a european welfare-type society, where people feel they're entitled to what their neighbor has. gwen: but he has to get through sup tuesday first. is ohio this week's michigan? >> you know, it is. the stakes are high. in this race momentum hasn't meant what it's meant in other campaigns, where you win one contest and that carries you on to t
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Mar 7, 2012 7:00pm EST
the campaign trail today after mitt romney won six contests on super tuesday, but failed to put away his closest rival rick santorum. good evening, i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, we assess the state of play in the g.o.p. race with pollster andrew kohut, susan page of usa today, and trey grayson of harvard university's institute of politics. >> ifill: then, jeffrey brown looks at the diplomatic options available for dealing with the potential of a nuclear iran. >> woodruff: from the democratic republic of congo, fred de sam lazaro reports on one organization's efforts to help heal communities after two decades of continuous warfare. >> i don't like to fight >> ifill: ray suarez talks to sam lahood, back in the u.s. after he and several other americans were detained in egypt. that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economi
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Mar 23, 2012 8:00pm EDT
of maybe the etch a sketch candidate for the future. gwen: does romney have a knock on the nomination or is he still a weak front run er? on capitol hill, paul ryan once again throws down the gauntlet on the size of the federal budget. >> if we simply operate simply based on political fear, nothing's ever going to get done. gwen: is this the beginning or the end of it? joining us is pierre thomas of abc news, dans balz of "the washington post," sam youngman of reuters and naftali bendavid of "the wall street journal." >> live from our nation's capital, this is "washington week with gwen ifill" produced in association with national journal. >> a line is a powerful thing. it connects to your global economy to your living room, cleaner air to stronger markets, factory floors to less crowded roads. today's progress to tomorrow's promise. norfolk southern, one line, infinity possibilities. >> corporate funding is also provided by prudential financial, boeing, additional funding is provided by the annenburg foundation, the coorps by public broadcasting and from contributions from viewers li
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Mar 31, 2012 6:30pm EDT
over, even if the other three guys just won't quit. but to drive his point home, mitt romney is rolling out endorsements and focusing his fire almost exclusively on president obama. >> i think it is important for us to selection a nominee and get on with a campaign that will focus on two very different visions for america -- the one presented by president obama and the one presented by me if i were to be the nominee. gwen:he is sitting there next to george h.w. bush and barbara bush as hay they endorsed him yesterday. is he going to get a clear running field with those endorsements? >> you certainly think so. not necessarily because he has won over all republicans from the atlantic to the pacific, but because time is running out. it's the end of march. 29 states, all the territories, have voted, but he's still not even halfway there in terms of delegates. not necessarily his fault but the rules are different this time with a winner take all versus proportional but he's close to this. the wisconsin primary next tuesday is probably the place where rick santorum will make one of his last s
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Mar 29, 2012 7:00pm EDT
race. rick santorum was at the supreme court on monday, arguing his case that mitt romney is ill- suited to challenge the president on the subject. >> there's one candidate who is uniquely disqualified to make the case. it's the reason i'm here and he's not; the reason that i talk about obamacare and its impact on the economy and fundamental freedoms and mitt romney doesn't. it's because he can't, because he supported government run healthcare as governor of massachusetts. >> woodruff: the massachusetts plan that romney signed into law, has long been considered a political liability among many conservatives. but the former governor has forcefully defended the program, including in michigan last may, before he officially announced his candidacy. >> i recognize that a lot pundits around the nation are saying that i should just stand up and say this whole thing was a mistake, that this was a bone-headed idea, and i should just admit it: it was a mistake, and walk away. i presume that a lot of folks think that if i did that it would be good for me politically. there's only one proble
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Mar 12, 2012 7:00pm EDT
decidedly southern flavor today with mitt romney, rick santorum annuity gingrich all campaigning in alabama or mississippi. on fox and friends this morning, romney said regardless of what happens there tuesday, he is ultimately going to beat santorum, his nearest rival. >> we're closing the deal state by state delegate by delegate. i guess two, two-and-a-half times as many delegates as he is, about the same number of state advantages that he has, many more republican voters than he has. we're pretty pleased with the progress we're making. >> woodruff: late polling suggested santorum and gingrich might split the more conservative vote tomorrow and create an opening for romney. with that in mind, the former massachusetts governor campaigned in rainy mobile, alabama, today winning the endorsement of comedian jeff foxworthy. meanwhile on nbc's today show, rick santorum was doing his own calculation. and insisting that romney won't win if the contest goes to the republican convention. >> they are not going to nominate a moderate massachusetts governor who has been outspending his opponen
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Mar 5, 2012 7:00pm EST
mitt romney today was about staying focused on one of tomorrow's biggest prizes: ohio. and on president obama and the economy. >> this is a failed presidency. he's a nice guy. but he's over his head. >> reporter: romney did not mention his republican opponents by name but in canton, ohio, he said his background stands out. >> i understand why jobs come and why they go. other people in this race have debated about the economy. they've read about the economy. they've talked about it in sub committee meetings, but i've actually been in it. >> reporter: late polling has romney coming back in ohio to take a 34-31% lead over former pennsylvania senator rick santorum. the survey put former house speaker newt gingrich and texas congressman ron paul far behind. but at a town hall near dayton santorum urged ohio voters not to be swayed by those numbers. >> don't listen to the polls. don't listen to all the media hype and all the things about what this race is about. just focus in on whether we want a man who can stand up and paint a very different vision for this country, someone who ha
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Mar 23, 2012 8:30pm EDT
. >> this week on "inside washington," romney wins illinois and receives a saw after endorsement from jeb bush. >> establishment, the money, versus the people. >> they have made it clear that they what medicaid it to wither on the vine. >> if we operate based on political sphere, nothing is ever going to get done -. >> the supreme court will hear arguments on the obama health care law. >> it is the number one reason that barack obama should not be returned to office. >> the nfl comes down hard on at bounty hunters. >> i don't know of any other fraternity where somebody tries to knock out one of his brothers. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> is mitt romney finally closing the deal? he won rodrigo and illinois -- he won puerto rico and illinois, he has twice as many delegates as santorum. jeb bush clearly not in love with the guy but he did endorse him it. conservative senator jim demint said it is clear who the nominee will be. when asked how the campaign would proceed if romney wins the nomination, communications director eric fehrnstrom said this. >> y
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Mar 6, 2012 7:00pm EST
. >> newt gingrich had to win georgia and everyone thought romney would be declared the winner out of virginia immediately. it was only him on ron paul on the ballot. this is sort of a nice little momentum shift for gingrich to be able to be declared the winner. we don't have any results in this yet. that basically looks like he's running pretty strong there. >> ifill: newt gingrich said in a refreshing refreshingly obvious comment this week if he couldn't win in his home state he's no longer a credible candidate. is he a credible candidate? >> i don't think we know yet whether he is. it will depend down the line tonight on a number of other contests. at the bare minimum he had to win georgia to be taken seriously to get to the other states whether it's oklahoma, ohio, tennessee and mississippi, and alabama. i would say this would be a huge embarrassment. this was absolutely necessary but it's a sufficient reason that the former speaker is a top tier candidate. >> he actually campaigned in georgia too. it wasn't like romney didn't spend any time in massachusetts but he's likely to win
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Feb 29, 2012 11:00pm EST
favorability by 20 points. mitt romney has to figure out a way to win a campaign positively. >> rose: we conclude this evening with william shatner of ""star trek"" and movie and television fame and now on broadway in a one-man show. >> i go to the door, and it's a little boy. yes. he says are you "captain kirk?" i said, "yeah." ( laughter ) he says, "is this your spaceship?" ( laughter ) and i recognized the thing standing on the-- on-- and this thing on the moon. "yeah." "can i come in and see your spaceship, captain kirk?" "come on in." ( laughter ) take him to the stove. ( laughter ) ( applause ) this is where i guide the spaceship. "oh, ." >> can i make a point at at my age my life might have some meaning and since we ask ourselves in varies ways who am i and what am i doing-- and that's a rhetorical question because there is no answer-- if i present to you some of these fact can you give me an answer? so became this magnificent-- i hope-- obsession of doing this one-man show in such a manner that it would be effective and well received and bring in an audience. >> rose: the mur
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Mar 19, 2012 7:00pm EDT
race today was on tomorrow's primary in illinois. in springfield, mitt romney kept his focus on president obama. he conceded the economy is improving, but he argued the president's policies have prevented a much stronger comeback. >> the economy always comes back after recession, of course. there's never been one that we didn't recover from. the problem is this one has been deeper than it needed to be and a slower recovery than it should have been by virtue of the policies of this president. almost everything he's done has made it harder for this economy to recover. >> sreenivasan: the romney campaign also aired a television ad in illinois accusing santorum of being an "economic lightweight." but in rockford, santorum shot back that romney's own economic credentials leave a lot to be desired. heard governor romney here call me an economic lightweight. because i wasn't a wall street financier like he was. do you really believe this country wants to elect a wall street financier as the president of the united states? do you think that's the kind of experience we need? >> sreenivas
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Mar 1, 2012 7:00pm EST
events, in the run-up to super tuesday. >> reporter: mitt romney started his campaign day in energy-rich north dakota hammering president obama over the surging price of gasoline. >> he should be hanging his head and taking a little bit of the blame for what's going on today. >> reporter: gas prices have pushed their way onto the campaign agenda, rising 45 cents a gallon since the first of the year. but in a blog post today, the white house again highlighted figures showing u.s. reliance on oil imports falling in each of the three years of the obama presidency. back in fargo, romney argued it would be down even more, if not for the president's policies, including his veto of a plan to speed up the keystone oil pipeline project. >> when someone says do you want to bring in a pipeline that's going to create tens of thousands of jobs to bring oil in from canada how in the world can you say no? but he did. this is a president that does not understand energy. he is the problem not the solution. >> reporter: the president counterpunched in nashua, new hampshire, rejecting republican plans
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Mar 6, 2012 1:00am EST
didn't spend time with her. the staff didn't now how to pronounce her name. >> rose: if romney wins the nomination does he need a game changer. >> i think what he needs to do is to pick someone who is obviously qualified to be president. i think that's the first thing any smart presidential nominee does. and if he can find someone who is qualified to be president and a game changer, that's great. i think al gore is kind of the quintessential example of that. he was a game changer because it reinforced some of the things about bill clinton that people liked and added to it. so i think -- >> rose: attractive forward thinking. >> new democrats and all that. i think of the people who might be considered somebody like chris christie could be considered a game changer but you got to pick somebody who is qualified and i think governor romney knows that. >> rose: he couldn't pick some general somewhere could he. >> if the general was instantly perceived to be qualified. i don't know if he would be perceived that way. i think out of the box pick like governor palin was or general petraeus co
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Mar 30, 2012 8:30pm EDT
government to the individual. >> marco rubio endorses mitt romney. >> i am not going to be vice president. >> we plan to save this country from the future of debt, doubt, and decline. >> the national conversation over the killing of trayvon martin continues. >> trayvon is our son, but trayvon is also your assigned. -- your son. >> after my election, i have more flexibility. >> an open mic bites the president at the south korean summit. >> this is to russia, without question our number one geopolitical foe. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> the supreme court took up the affordable health care act this week. it was a rare three-day oral argument. outside the court, a full throated display of democracy, with protesters, politicians, and yes, pundits. it was on a date two that the justices took up the mandate, the provision that americans and bite it health insurance or pay a fine. we just heard justice kennedy say that it changes the relationship of the government to the individual in a fundamental way. his vote could be key, and so could it chief
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Mar 7, 2012 6:00pm EST
give super clarity, think again. after voters in 10 states cast their ballots, mitt romney walk away with six and a boost to his delegate lead, but with rick santorum scoring victories in six states doubt still remains, and nowhere was it more down to the wire that and in ohio rigid stand in ohio. >> this is a run away, but he gets no outs for his victories, in ohio spending four times as much as his nearest rival. but tomorrow and we get up and start again, and so we go day by day, step by step. >> appealing to republican hearts and one after the the other has been the hope. now christian conservative rick santorum is a standard error of the right, attacking credibility. >> we need a person running against president obama who is truthful with the american public. >> the message of appeals in rural america as places like ohio, and mitt romney cannot seal the deal. places like this they pick the politicians as carefully as they choose their council. issues like abortion and gay marriage can become surprisingly important. >> i do not think you can be too conservative, especially in thi
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Mar 6, 2012 6:30pm EST
five republican presidential delegates at stake, mitt romney has a strong chance to break away from his challengers and wrap up the republican nomination. darren gersh explains what that could mean for the rest of the campaign. >> reporter: the votes are still being cast, but the presidential campaign felt more like a face- off today. mitt romney appeared by satellite to speak to a pro- israel lobbying group. touching on the issue that has unnerved the oil markets, romney called president obama's outreach to iran "naive." >> hope is not a foreign policy. the only thing respected by thugs and tyrants is our resolve. >> reporter: the president, appearing before a news conference, hit back against romney and other republicans for what he called their "casual attitude" to war. and he contrasted that with the decisions he's made to send men and women into battle. >> and the impacts that has on their lives, the impact it has on our national security, the impact it has on our economy. this is not a game. there is nothing casual about it. >> reporter: get used to this kind of back and forth. po
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Mar 26, 2012 11:00pm EDT
people which often happens today with the uninsured governor romney in massachusetts i think defended this very well as a conservative approach of saying that, look, we're going to tell insurance companies that they have to stop turning people down because of their present or pre-existing health conditions or charging people a higher premium because of their health condition, but if we do that everybody will wait until they're already hit by a car in order to get health insurance so governor romney said we have to have an incentive for people to go ahead and sign up. that's what this is. you can... i think if the court uphold this is-- and i believe they will-- they're not going to write an opinion that says congress can simply force anybody into any commercial transaction congress wishes. they're going to write a limited opinion that says that because everybody is going to be consuming health care no one can avoid it, everybody's going to have to finance it, congress can obviously regular the financing of this and that does not open the road to requiring people to buy broccoli or gen
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Mar 26, 2012 7:00pm EDT
lpo ddieto tried address scandarend in the presidential campaign, republican frontrunner mitt romney picked up new endorsements from conservative leaders. they included utah senator mike lee and california congressman kevin mccarthy. they urged the party to unite behind romney. but rick santorum insisted he had no plans to step aside after winning saturday's primary in louisiana. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy. >> woodruff: and we turn to the international summit to reduce nuclear weapons and stop the spread of nuclear material. the venue as much as the agenda has set the tone as 50 world leaders gathered in seoul, south korea, just days before the summit began, north korea, which may have at least a half dozen nuclear weapons, announced a missile test. it insisted it was to launch a satellite. in response, president obama reinforceed a u.s. commitment to south korea. visiting the heavily fortified demilitarized zone with nearly 30,000 american troops stationed nearby. >> the contrast between south korea and north korea could not be clearer. could not be
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Mar 9, 2012 8:30pm EST
week on "inside washington," romney wins more than he loses, but santorum and gingrich hang in there. >> if the governor thinks he is ordained by god to win, let's have it out. >> iran and talk of war. >> those who are beating the drums of war should explain clearly what they think costs and benefits would be. >> a visit by the israeli prime minister. the energy debate. >> the president of the united states is lobbying against american jobs. >> ninnewt vs. rick. >> i and the tortoise. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> it was not a knockout, but mitt romney did win ohio, massachusetts, virginia, and vermont, and it appears unlikely that santorum working rich or certainly ron paul can come up with enough delegates -- or gingrich or certainly ron paul can come up with enough delegates to take it away from him. according to the latest "loss two journal"-nbc news poll, the republican candidates have taken a beating in this campaign. romney -- peter hart says voters are not sure who the guy is or what his values are. ->> i want to know what you want to be
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Mar 2, 2012 8:30pm EST
--www.ncicap.org-- >> we won by enough. >> this week, mitt romney squeaks by in michigan. >> talk about someone who is lead on every moral cultural issue. >> resulrick santorum, culture . -- warrior. >> we could not get together. >> olympia snowe is fed up and going back to maine. a special tribute to our troops. >> you will one of the most extraordinary chapters in american military history. -- you wrote one of the most extraordinary chapters in american military history. >> mitt romney was born in michigan, grew up in michigan. his father was governor of michigan. in 2008, he beat john mccain in michigan by nine percentage points. this week, he almost lost the michigan primary to rick santorum. why? >> i am not willing to light my hair on fire to get support. >> he is who he is. why did that work against him in his home state? >> many republicans do not think romney is one of them. they do not see him as the standard bearer for the conservative party. you put it as he almost lost michigan. he said he won michigan by enough. in a certain sense, he is correct. it does not matter if he w
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Mar 1, 2012 12:00am EST
pretty bad shape. even ronald reagan didn't look that strong. romney has a long-- you know he has a long haul and he can turn things around, but, boy, he has to turn them around because he has had a very bad month. >> rose: mike, if you were writing a speech for him to start the campaign in ohio what, would you say? what would be the theme of your speech? >> well, i would be-- i'd be back to laser beam on jobs. i'd take a positive tack to the campaign. i would not use the candidate mitt as the voice of negative attacks. that's what you have surrogates for and advertising for. i think mitt ought to run as a strong coach. define the job to fit your guy. mitt is a tough business guy who delivers results. he shouldn't be the lovable smiling guy. they think he is a rich wall street shark. that's a bad thing, but if you can turn the job of president into somebody who does more than talk, actually delivers, a tough coach kind of argument, then you fit the job to the guy and you can make the argument. so i want less smiling salesman. i want more tom landry. >> i totally agree with mike on t
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Mar 8, 2012 7:00pm EST
some republicans looked to shift the debate back to friendlier ground. mitt romney's wife, ann, had this to say on super tuesday night. >> do you know what women care about? women care about jobs. >> woodruff: whatever drives women to the polls in november, democrats hoped the events of recent weeks will ultimately work to their benefit. for a closer look we are joined by "washington post" columnist ruth marcus and republican strategist cheri jacobus, the founder of capitol strategies and columnist for "the hill" newspaper. we thank you both for being here. >> thank you. >> warner:. >> woodruff:, so ruth, how important is the the women's vote in a presidential election? >> the women's vote is very important for the simple fact that women tend to be a majority of the electorate. and so women are stronger voters and they are also stronger democratic voters than men so the president needs to have women by his side, strong women by his side if he's going to be elected. >> cheri, typically what issues are more important to women voters than they are to men or can you say that there's a p
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Mar 20, 2012 6:30pm EDT
about the state fiscal situation. >> t: seemingly with argue for candidate romney tonight versus santorum, wouldn't it? >> it certainly would. i predict that romney will take about 2/3 to 3 / 4 of the 54 delegate at stake. santorum is only listed for 44 delegate total. so he can't, he's at a disadvantage going into the election. >> tom: of course we're talking about these federal politicians trying to tackle state issues. the man in the white house comes from the state of illinois. has president obama been able to help or hurt those state finances that you say are playing a role tonight in the g.o.p. contest? >> i think the president has been responsive where he can be, but the federal government can't really do much to resolve the state's problems. the state and many local governments are suffering because of the economy, which began to worsen before the president came into office. and we still struggle. so illinois has to dig its way out of its own hole, which was created by years of spending more than we were taking in, plus failure to pay our pension obligations. >> tom: that
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Mar 20, 2012 7:00pm EDT
prize of the day in the republican presidential race, with 54 delegates at stake. mitt romney poured television ad money into the state looking to add to his delegate lead. he already had more than twice as many delegates as rick santorum, his closest challenger. wall street gave up some ground today, after two reports pointed to a possible slowdown in china. the dow jones industrial average lost nearly 69 points to close at 13,170. the nasdaq fell four points to close at 3074. the hunt for amelia earhart will begin anew this july. american scientists and historians announced today they will explore waters around a remote pacific island. in washington, team leader ric gillespie pointed to recent analysis of a photograph taken shortly after earhart disappeared in 1937. it showed what could be wreckage of her plane's landing gear. >> that was a very important piece of information because it gave us a point last seen. this is where the airplane went into the drink, washed over the edge by rising tides and surf. it gives us a point to start our search. >> sreenivasan: earhart and her nav
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Mar 28, 2012 7:00pm EDT
, officials with mitt romney's campaign said today they expect an endorsement from former president george herbert walker bush. the two men will meet in houston tomorrow. rising supplies of crude oil in the u.s. pushed prices down for a change today, and depressed energy stocks. that, in turn, sent wall street into a broader retreat. the dow jones industrial average lost 71 points to close at 13,126. the nasdaq fell 15 points to close below 3,105. a jetblue airways captain has now been charged with interfering with a flight crew. it happened tuesday on a flight from new york to las vegas. court documents say clatyton osbon ran through the plane, yelling about terrorists, before passengers wrestled him down. he was taken away in restraints after the plane made an emergency landing in amarillo, texas. osbon remained in a local hospital today, under medical evaluation. in syria, government forces captured the northern town of saraqeb overnight, after four days of fighting there killed more than 40 people. it was the latest in a series of rebel strongholds to fall. opposition groups also repor
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Mar 23, 2012 7:00pm EDT
fired practice shots at a sheriff's shooting range. he leads mitt romney by double digits in recent polls. romney attacked president obama's health care overhaul. newt gingrich and ron paul also campaigned, hoping to keep their chances alive. the chief executive of m.f. global, former senator jon corzine, gave the order to transfer $200 million of clients' money just days before the firm collapsed. that's according to a congressional memo released today by investigators trying to track $1.6 billion of missing customer funds. it included an email sent by a firm executive stating the money transfer was "per j.c.'s instructions" to cover an overdraft. last december, corzine testified before lawmakers that he did not know where any of the money went. on wall street, stocks eked out small gains today. the dow jones industrial average gained more than 34 points to close above 13,080 points. the nasdaq rose more than four points to close at 3,068. for the week, the dow lost more than 1%; the nasdaq rose four tenths of a percent. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy.
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Mar 9, 2012 7:00pm EST
2009, a month after the president's inauguration. republican presidential front- runner mitt romney took note of that fact today, as he had last night in pascagoula, mississippi. >> when he became president, he asked us to let him borrow $787 billion. he said if he got the money, he would keep unemployment below 8%. it has not been below 8% since. this guy had a lot of things to say, but hasn't delivered a lot. >> suarez: former house speaker newt gingrich issued a statement about the job numbers. in it, he said: "any new job is a welcome paycheck for the american worker. but as past recoveries show, the current rate of growth will leave the american economy sputtering for years to come." still, people hunting work have to hope that other recent signs bode well, with consumer confidence at its highest in a year, and new claims for jobless benefits near a four-year low. for more on all this, we turn to lisa lynch, dean of the heller school for social policy and management at brandeis university. she's a former chief economist at the labor department; and diane swonk, senior managing
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Feb 29, 2012 7:00pm EST
next week's big super tuesday contests. mitt romney beat rick santorum by just three points in michigan last night. but that didn't stop him from his victory lap. >> we didn't win by a lot, but we won by enough, and that's all that counts. ( cheers ) >> ifill: even that narrow win over a stiff santorum challenge proved enough to head off what would have been an embarrassing loss for romney in his home state. a clearcut win in arizona awarded romney 29 delegates, and michigan officials said the close finish there would give each candidate 15 delegates each. with ten states voting on super tuesday next week, romney moved on to the next big potential prize today-- ohio. >> the reason i won yesterday in michigan and in arizona was because i'm talking about the issue people care most about-- and i understand that issue personally. and that's the economy and job creation, balancing budgets. the skill of creating more jobs, with less debt and smaller government is something i understand. when the media asked people coming out of polls yesterday why they voted for me, what their intere
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Mar 2, 2012 7:00pm EST
that vote on super tuesday. but mitt romney took time to swing through bellevue, washington, hoping to secure a win in tomorrow's caucuses there. >> there are going to be a bunch of states that are going to make their mind up in the next couple of days, but you guys are first, and so your voice is going to be heard. ( applause ) it will just make a big difference, so please make sure and go to the caucus site, and get your friends to do the same thing. >> holman: ron paul also was in washington, speaking in spokane. >> you know, things have been going very well. we keep coming back to washington because we expect to do real well here. ( cheers and applause ) >> holman: from the pacific northwest, romney headed to ohio, a critical super tuesday prize, where rick santorum held a small lead in a new poll. santorum appealed for support today in chillicothe. >> you have a chance to make a statement that we want someone who is a conservative in their heart, in their soul, in their mind; someone who's not afraid to stand up and talk about all of the issues. >> holman: in a press release, but
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Mar 26, 2012 5:00pm EDT
special advisor on national security and foreign policy to mitt romney. >> let me make this very clear, as president of the united states, i will devote myself to an american century and i will never, ever apologize for america. >> oh, yes, back in the late nineties, six years after the first gulf war and four years before 9/11, robert kagan and fellow neo-conservative bill kristol founded the project for the new american century and signed a letter to then-president bill clinton urging him to get rid of saddam hussein once and for all by any means necessary. in 2002, kagan and kristol wrote, "a devastating knockout blow against saddam hussein, followed by an american-sponsored effort to rebuild iraq and put it on a path toward democratic governance, would have a seismic impact on the arab world -- for the better." hindsight is 20/20, as the saying goes, and nine years later we look back and see with perfect clarity how well jimmy stewart's america delivered in iraq. talk about wishful thinking. so next time president obama's looking for a book to read, better he pick up a copy of "the
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Mar 30, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. >> brown: former massachusetts governor mitt romney signed into law a bill similar to the one passed on the federal level. but he told an audience in wisconsin today that if the court does not strike down the affordable care act, he hopes to repeal it. >> if "obamacare" is allowed to stand, government will directly control almost half of the u.s. economy. government must have... it's got to be smaller. it has to have strict limits placed on its power. "obamacare" violates both of those principles, and if i'm president, i will repeal it. ( applause ) >> woodruff: and today the republican national committee was criticized for releasing a web video that manipulated audio of u.s. solicitor general donald verrilli. the video was edited so it would exaggerate stumbles he made while arguing tuesday for the government in favor of the healthcare law. >> because the, uh-- the, uh... excuse me. >> woodruff: joining us now is marcia coyle with the "national law journal." she covers the supreme court for the newshour and she was there for the arguments this week. and welcome back. >> thanks, judy. >
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Mar 6, 2012 6:00pm EST
committed to pursuing that course, wherever it may lead to. >> will it be a super tuesday for mitt romney? republicans battle in 10 states and the party moves closer to a nominee. taking on the world's fastest man. prince harry tries to get the jump, making for quite the jubilee visit to jamaica. welcome to our viewers in a america and around the globe. the regime has so much blood on its hands already that it is bound to continue its violent crackdown. that is the grim assessment of britain's ambassador to damascus. he spoke to the bbc amid further allegations of atrocities committed by syrian forces after they entered the thebabr amr district of homs. our diplomatic correspondent reports. >> this is why so many families are fleeing syria. it looks as if government forces are still selling parts of homs. it is hard to be certain when the pictures were taken. more than 1500 syrians have fled into lebanon in the last few days with no end to the violence in sight. britain's ambassador to syria was withdrawn last week. today, he told me about some of the suffering he witnessed. >> i have met
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Mar 21, 2012 7:00pm EDT
today's statement. in the presidential campaign, republican mitt romney picked up new support after winning the illinois primary on tuesday. he won the endorsement of former florida governor jeb bush, who urged republicans to unite. in arbutus, maryland, romney said he got the word just before starting his campaign day. >> my cell phone rang and i looked at it and it just said jeb on it. i picked up the phone and it was jeb bush. and i didn't even have to ask, he said, mitt, i want to let you know that i'm endorsing you today and that was good news. >> sreenivasan: at the same time, a senior aide of his generated new criticism that romney will shed his conservative positions once he has the nomination wrapped up. eric fehrnstrom told cnn: that drew fire from rick santorum, in mandeville, louisiana which holds its primary on saturday. >> they think they have this you have an opportunity here in louisiana to make a very clear statement. you're not looking for someone who is the etch-a-sketch candidate, you're looking for someone who writes what they believe in stone and stays true to
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Mar 30, 2012 12:30am EDT
president gingrich or president romney or president santorum? for any flaws we see in president obama, i think he is better than any alternative we can look at. tavis: join us tomorrow for our final conversation on women, children, and poverty in america. see you tomorrow. >> for more information on today's show, visit tavis smiley at pbs.org. tavis: hi, i'm tavis smiley. join me next time for a conversation about women, children, and poverty in america. >> every community has a martin luther king boulevard. it's the cornerstone we all know. it's not just a street or boulevard, but a place where walmart stands together with your community to make every day better. >> making a difference every day. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> be more.
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Mar 27, 2012 11:00pm EDT
been of the view that mitt romney is a strongest candidate we can nominate, i believe that because you win general elections by appealing to independent voters in the swing states and i think he is best-equipped to do that. i say that -- i don't believe in the conventional wisdom that the primary is going to kill -- the fighting is going to kill us because i think it strengthens or candidates. >> rose: what else to do you think about this general election that is coming up? >> well, i think we have an excellent chance to -- the economy is not coming back -- the economy always determines in the absence of actual war and peace, there is no other real -- people vote their pocketbooks. you see, it is the economy, the economy, and the economy that's it in that order. >> rose: is healthcare a huge negative for the president? >> i don't know the answer to that. it is a huge negative among many voters whoç hate to see the continued expansion. >> rose: of government. >> of the federal government. >> rose: even though they love their medicare. >> they love it. >> rose: they love their medi
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Mar 29, 2012 11:30pm EDT
pandering of the first order and they are sick of it. >> rose: it looks like romney will get the nomination for your party does it not. >> i would think so, yes. hopefully. >> rose: you have endorsed him? >> i did, you know, recently, i sent a check for 1,000 bucks, which is not much these days, it sure was for me, but he -- you know, santorum i worked with santorum, and i worked with gingrich and i would speak for my leader and there is a great leader was bob dole. >> rose: right. >> and i was his assistant for ten years and on the other side was george mitchell and --able and daschle, all leaders and i tell you, there is no real leadership of gutsy, hard, hard, hard decisions to make and as erskine says what we suggest and the reason we get shot to shreds and always there is we are specific as to what will be done is very painful, especially to every single group that testifies before us, 105 groups saying this is terrible, it is unsustainable, it is unconscionable and don't touch ours, grover, i said to grover, he said, my hero is ronald reagan, who is almost hymnal music in t
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Mar 9, 2012 8:00pm EST
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